False hope or ‘cure’ – you decide

The Good Life Letter 

Friday 27th June 2014

  • Will science ever provide us with a cure to cancer?
  • Calling heart problems a disease – who’s supposed to feel better?
  • Vitamins can do more than big pharma’s profiteering

It's one of the big cons of modern times.

Since the late 1960s and 70s, scientists have been searching for a cure for cancer.

'We're nearly there,' they say every year, 'just give us some more cash.'

And here we are in 2014. Cancer everywhere, and yet still no cure.

Hmmm...

They say the same about the cure for diabetes, and a host of similar ailments of the 21st Century.

But could it be that the 'cure' isn't the answer?

There are no pathogens that cause diabetes. You can't put something under a microscope and say, 'Ah, this is what caused diabetes!'

This is because Type2 diabetes is actually a result of lifestyle, diet, and consumption of refined sugars.

It may be a hard truth to accept but genetics only accounts for a minor part of the cause of this increasingly common condition – more significant is the effect of a degrading national diet.

But diabetes isn’t the only condition we need to change our thinking about if we are going to improve our collective health.

One thing is certain though, diabetes is not being created by doctors not prescribing enough anti-diabetes medicine.

Neither is heart disease CAUSED by a lack of cholesterol drugs; nor cancer by a lack of chemotherapy.

Most of our 'diseases' today are caused by the way we live... the way we eat... what we eat...how our food is grown, preserved, stored and delivered... stress...pollution... pesticides... packaging.

It's not a matter of lacking the right drugs.

So rather than putting money in the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies in the search for miracle drugs, why aren't people educated in the root causes of most modern 'diseases'?
Ah... perhaps I've just answered my own question there.

For instance, let's take a look at what's really behind most of the West's heart 'disease'.

Why heart disease is not really a disease

Is it a bacterial infection that spreads from person to person? Is it a natural self-destruct mechanism built into our hearts by a cruel God or clumsy evolution?

No. What happens is that, over time, an unbalanced diet causes homocysteine levels in your blood to rise.

When the levels rise, your arteries harden prematurely... and this leads to heart disease.

It's an easily preventable thing. Simply increase your intake of vitamin B6 and folic acid and you should keep homocysteine levels down.

Natural sources of folic acid include liver, leafy vegetables, beans and fruits. While you can get B6 from fish, kidney, liver, soybeans, peanuts and walnuts.

If, for some reason, you can't eat many of these foods, then look for supplements -  although, as you know, I believe the best way to absorb vitamins is through food, not pills.

A while back I introduced you to a range of vitamin supplements which were extracted from vegetables and fruits rather than made from petrochemical byproducts and I would encourage anyone thinking of boosting their intake to look for something similar as a healthier option.

You can always have a drink, too, of course.

Drink! Stink! And be healthy!

A few weeks ago I told you about 'flavonoids' - the chemicals you get in wine. They act as antioxidants which keep cholesterol from damaging your artery walls.

So a glass of red wine a day could also help keep heart disease at bay.

And if you don't like red wine, then get hold of some purple grape juice. If you have a juicer, even better, as you will ensure you get all those flavonoids locked inside a fresh grape's skin.
You should also eat at least a clove of fresh garlic each day.

Smelly, but true...

Garlic contains sulphur-containing substances, one of which is allinin. When garlic is crushed, the allinin becomes allicin.

Isn't it strange what swapping a 'n' for a 'c' can do?

Allicin is also thought to reduce the blood's tendency to clot and may help to lower blood pressure.

Similarly to wine, garlic also contains valuable anti-oxidants that may help to lower blood cholesterol levels.

So let's look at your heart protection menu.

We've got plenty of garlic... red wine... fish... leafy vegetables...

Could this be why the French have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the industrial world?

The onion cure for heart disease

There was a time in my life when, if asked what a flavonoid was, I'd have guessed it was one of Dr Who's enemies.

Now I can't stop talking about them.

But they prevent many of those 'diseases' that the big pharmaceuticals waste billions of pounds trying to 'cure'.

For example, a study at the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland, found that people who consume foods rich in flavonoids are less likely to suffer from heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, asthma, and Type2 diabetes.

They claim that quercetin is one of the best flavonoids - found in apples, wine, onions and green tea.

And that it works best combined with Kaempferol - found in onions and broccoli.

The Finnish scientists discovered that those who consumed high levels of these flavonoids had a 21% lower risk of heart disease than those who consumed low levels.

So it looks like onions, packed with Kaempferol and quercitin, could be the best flavonoid source you could think of.

Just think of that cliched image of the Frenchman cycling down a country path, with garlic and onions draped round his neck and a flagon of red wine in his basket...

He's better equipped against disease than most modern doctors!

Take a stand against the drug barons

The recent ruckus over statins is a case in point.

It's time that we all took a stand against the misinformation pumped out by pharmaceutical companies and all their little helpers.

By 'helpers', I mean those in power who are too afraid to lose big business, or those medical professionals who push drugs they know are ineffective.

If you think I’m being too hard on earnest scientists doing their best for modern medicine, searching for vaccines that will ‘cure’ us of disease well here’s what the ex head of vaccine development at drug giant Merck had to say;

“I think that vaccines have to be considered the bargain basement technology for the 20th century.”

Doesn’t exactly fill you full of confidence does it? You can read more about his views here

The key is to educate ourselves and prevent these modern illnesses through our diet, our lifestyle and through using natural beneficial remedies whenever we can.

We should be demanding more of our health leaders to support simple medicine that we can all access, rather than see them continually pump hundreds of millions of pounds into the pockets of a few corporations that deliver so little for it.

Our healthy salvation lies in our own hands and everyone should take responsibility for it.
According to Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 'Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.'

I couldn't agree more.

Yours, as always

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